"We thought about playing together but we figured we should go where we felt right," said Kaleb Hill, the Schertz (Texas) Clemens High School defensive lightning bolt.
"It's going to be different. We're going our separate ways but it'll be nice to not be compared to each other all the time. It will affect us in different ways."
Hill (6'2", 220) has no doubt he'll fit right in on a Broncos team in need of some quickness off the edge. Standout defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid Demarcus Lawrence, who was recently selected in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Draft, vacates the same position for which Hill will be asked to compete.
"The snub position; it's not really any different from what I played in high school," said Hill, who has put on eight pounds of muscle since the start of the year and was most recently clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. "I played it my junior year and we had some packages with my brother where I stood up on the edge so it's not really that much of a change."
Though Hill has liked the Broncos since his recruiting process began, his commitment to them wavered when former head coach Chris Petersen left for Washington.
"At the beginning, Boise State was my first offer," he said. "Then offers started rolling in…and then the Petersen stuff happened and things stood still for a while. I visited Colorado and Washington started contacting me. Then Coach (Scott) Huff contacted me and asked me if I was ready to come visit."
Once he visited, Hill realized just how much he liked about the school. Won over by much more than the football program, it made his decision an easy one. Like many of his 2014 teammates, he's planning on a Business Management major and loved the school's academic standing.
"The tradition of academically always being great for APR stood out," he said, referencing Boise's 988 Academic Progress Rating. "The coaching staff, the fact that all their staff used to play for them, I just wanted to be a part of it.
Academically, I really like it. The football team too, the city, the culture."
With his trainer, David Ashley, Hill is going out of his way to make sure he's prepared for his July 5 report date.
"We go on the field and then we lift; do sleds all that stuff," he said. "He used to be a body builder so he's trying to help out a lot of kids in the neighborhood."
Hill didn't do too shabbily in the neighborhood. Utilizing his quickness and relentless pressure, he accumulated 75 tackles (20 for loss), including 13 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and 4 pass break-ups to lead the Buffaloes into the 4A Region IV playoffs. He was named First-Team All-District 27 and Second-Team All-State 4A.
He may be leaving the area, but Hill loves the fact that Boise has the same feel as his hometown. He also took notice how his next head coach couldn't stand to be away too long either. It has him optimistic about his time on the blue turf.
"He's a great guy," Hill said of coach Bryan Harsin, who left Arkansas State to return to Boise after leaving the Broncos following the 2010 season. "He obviously loves this program to come back. I think there's a lot of good change coming to Boise."